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Region Reacts to REDjet Suspension

Abrupt suspension of REDjet's servicesAntigua St John's - There has been widespread regional disappointment following the abrupt suspension of REDjet's services.

Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Chairman Ricky Skerritt said the news had caught him by surprise. He said, "This is clearly a disappointing development since the Caribbean needs REDjet."


Allen Chastanet, St Lucia's former tourism minister said, “We have to sit down and start looking at aviation in a holistic sense." He called for a policy that would allow “all CARICOM registered companies to fly equally”.

LIAT Chairman Jean Holder was busy over the weekend ensuring the airline could accommodate stranded passengers.

He told regional media, “We have given REDjet the assurance that we’ll do anything we can do to assist in this difficulty. That’s how airlines work. When in difficulty we help each other. You can’t just leave people stranded. The decent thing is to do all you can to move the traffic, and we’ve already started."

REDjet CEO Ian Burns released the following statement about the shut-down.

The shareholders and staff of REDjet wish to sincerely thank all our passengers and supporters for enabling our airline to achieve the tremendous feat of breaking the high fare experience of many Caribbean passengers, while increasing regional travel numbers for the first time in decades.

We at REDjet set out to deliver the Caribbean’s first affordable air service and we have successfully launched a small number of routes that have in their performance, demonstrated the necessity and popularity for a low fares service in the region.

Our aircraft and our dedicated staff are performing extremely well and we are willing and able to continue to provide affordable transport across the Caribbean and beyond but we cannot.

Unlike the heavily subsidized airlines that serve the region, REDjet does not receive any assistance. As indicated, REDjet is hopeful that we will be given a small part of the State assistance others receive, as it will allow us to get our recently approved and exciting new routes established and profitable.

Once this happens, our shareholders and staff will do their utmost to see that there is no return to high fares and business as usual.

We have seen other carriers drastically cut their fares in an effort to shut down REDjet and return to high fares and business as usual with no regard to the negative impact on travelers. Unlike us, they do not have to be profitable to stay in business.

In spite of their subsidized efforts, our passenger numbers have continued to rise because you, our patrons, enjoy our clean, comfortable and well maintained aircraft as well as our excellent service delivered at affordable ticket prices.


REDjet has no alternative but to suspend flights from 23:59pm on 16th March until further notice. All passengers booked on any REDjet flight from Saturday should contact the call centre 24 hours before scheduled departure time for an update on their flight.


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A Unique Small Air Travel Market

#9 John French II » 2012-03-20 02:46

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. Glitz, Glamour and Cheap Airfares will not enlarge the Market. When will the data, information and History of Privateer Failures in the Airline Industry convince those who are looking for the procverbial "free ride". No where on this green planet does this small market exist with so many SIDS. Quote:
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.
"The Caribbean Airline" must always be Vigilant and Transformative - Redesign, Restructure, Reengineer and Realign. This is another Teachable Moment and Learning Opportunity to reload or as is said on the Rock - "Wheel and Come Again." LIAT's Board, Administration, Pilots, Flight Attendants, Ground Staff, and Stakeholders must embrace the Quality Imperative at all levels and facets of its operations. Excellent Customer Service must be a Priority and be understood by all for a healthy bottom line, loyalty and longevity. Grow - Purchase Brazil's Embraear.
The warm Caribbean Waters are littered with the Wrecks and Successes of many North Atlantic Buccaners & Privateers. Only a Shared Vision and Mission by us Natives can put an end to this continuous attempt at Plunder.
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RE: Region Reacts to REDjet Suspension

#8 Camp Zone » 2012-03-19 19:59

GIVE WAY TO RED JET,GIVE WAY TO RED JET, PEOPLE IN THE CARIBBEAN NEED TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE THE POLITICIAN GIVE US OUR FREE MOVEMENT, WITH A CHEAP FEAR AIR LINE
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RE: Region Reacts to REDjet Suspension

#7 Morris » 2012-03-19 16:54

This is a classic case of "the stone the builders rejected." It is amazing that LIAT has once again emerged as the "super hero" to save the C'bean.
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Were low fares sustainable or another attempt at LIAT?

#6 wada » 2012-03-19 14:14

Upon the arrival arrival of RedJet and its extremely low fares I was very curious to know if 5.99 and 9.99 fares sustain a jet based airline?

Secondly, in the media release it was stated that "REDjet is hopeful that we will be given a small part of the State assistance others receive"...

Hopeful? Was hopeful in RedJet's business plan? The "others" I can only assume is a reference to state owned airlines LIAT/Caribbean Airlines. I then deduce that RedJet a private airline was "hopeful" to get subsidies (i.e. tax payers money) to compete against our (state) owned airlines.
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advantage taken on caribbean people in the region from other airline

#5 roy » 2012-03-19 10:39

i think other airline taking advantage on the caribbean people,they charge 500us to newyork return which is 11 hour flight and trinidad is just 55 minutes and they want 200 us dollar shame on them.i think someone in authourity should look into this matter.when fares low it makes people to travel more in the region which will create a faster revenue for the goverment on both side.
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Ponzi scheme by any other hue?

#4 PLM » 2012-03-19 10:33

Thank god this sham burned out before it got off the ground. The UPP needs to start protecting our national airline from these foreign adventurers. There is no money to be made from $1 airfares. LIAT may not get you there on time, but LIAT belong to ar’we!
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Red Jet went too far

#3 Brent » 2012-03-19 10:02

Recently I booked a flight on Redjet to Guyanna for $5.99USD. In comparison the same LIAT flight would have costed more than $200 USD. While everyone loves low prices we would prefer a sustainable airline even if the prices are slightly higher. I have taken 6 RED jet flights sense the airline opened and have never paid more than $39.99. Frankly I would be happy to support RED Jet if it guaranteed every flight at $50USD and I think may others would as well. Yes we would prefer to pay $5USD but if the choice is $50 on RedJet or $200 on LIAT redjet is the clear choice. Redjet would be able to (in some cases) increase revenue 10 fold while still being the cheapest option.
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RE: Region Reacts to REDjet Suspension

#2 Observer » 2012-03-19 09:52

Travel within the caribbean would never be profitable using the MD80's.
However, the caribbean people must now put full support behind LIAT. Yes, they are not doing everything correct, but they are surely not doing everything wrong or else they would not still be in the air. It is proven that LIAT is the only airline that will always be there for us through thick and thin, all the others only say so but fail us every time.
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RE: Region Reacts to REDjet Suspension

#1 Benjamin W. Marsh » 2012-03-19 04:52

Not long ago I suggested to a friend that those who are anti Liat should not be quick to rejoice about the arrival of Red Jet. It seems to me that while the management of Liat may need some looking into, the fact remains that transporting people up and down the Caribbean is not as simple a job both in terms of cost and logistics as we would like to think.

God bless our regional carrier.
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